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Aircraft induced contrail cirrus over Europe

Mannstein, Hermann and Schumann, Ulrich (2005) Aircraft induced contrail cirrus over Europe. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 14, pp. 549-554. DOI: 10.1127/0941-2948/2005/0058.

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Condensation trails (contrails) and aircraft induced cirrus are nowadays a common feature at the mid latitude skies. Previously the impact of aircraft induced cirrus changes has been roughly estimated from observed decadal trends in cirrus cover but the direct attribution of observed cirrus changes to changes in aviation activity remains uncertain. In this paper the amount of additional cirrus induced from spreading contrails in humid air is estimated from the direct correlation between observed cirrus cover derived with suitable methods from METEOSAT data and aviation flight density reported by EUROCONTROL at high spatial and temporal resolution from June 22 to July 27, 1998 and September 27 to October 21, 2000. The results indicate that the aircraft induced cirrus cover over Europe is about ten times larger than that of linear contrails in the same region. Radiative forcing from the additional cirrus may be more than 10 times higher than that of linear contrails and aviation induced CO2 increases

Document Type:Article
Title:Aircraft induced contrail cirrus over Europe
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Mannstein, HermannUNSPECIFIED
Schumann, UlrichUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2005
Journal or Publication Title:Meteorologische Zeitschrift
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 549-554
Keywords:Air Traffic, climate, cirrus, contrail
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Hermann Mannstein
Deposited On:30 Jan 2008
Last Modified:11 Nov 2014 21:56

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